Stop The Bus

Stop The Bus

ESL Games Stop the Bus TEFL Games
Stop The Bus is a simple and fun vocabulary game for any level or age group. This game will quickly become one of those regularly requested games in class.

Activity Time:  5 – 10 mins +
Materials required: A piece of paper for each team to write on. 
Skills practiced: Vocabulary revision, brainstorming and quick thinking. 
Level: All levels (Young learners, teens and adults)


1. Put the class into pairs. 

2. Get each group to choose a category. Some examples that could be used are: 

fruit, animals, cities, countries, famous people, brands, clothing, phrasal verbs, verbs,  etc.

I always suggest a topic that practices some target vocabulary. If it’s a difficult topic, you could award points to any team who gets a word etc. 

3. Write each category on the board. After you have done this, you choose a letter from the alphabet. For example, B.

The teams must then write, as quickly as possible, a word from the category that starts with the letter B on their piece of paper.

For example, imagine the letter is C. The students have chosen the following categories:
  • Fruit 
  • Phrasal Verb
  • Countries 
They would write on their piece of paper; 

Come over

When they have written a word for each section, they must shout out “Stop the bus!”

4. The teacher can then check their answers and in the case of the phrasal verb, check their meaning of the word. Award points to the team and then choose another letter and repeat. 

This game is always a success in class and is always enjoyed. It’s a great way to practice vocabulary and quick thinking. 

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  1. Đỗ Thành Nam

    It’s very good

  2. very nice game…..

  3. Will points get awarded if the words are spelled phonetically?

    • Hi Tjflg, You can award points depending on level if you thought it was suitable. However, I’d encourage awarding points for correct answers. Games such as this are a motivational tool to encourage correct usage of the language. But of course this is always at the teacher’s discretion.

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